Birth of spring
Birth of spring – Living with the locals
Local food – authentic accommodations – participate in the lambing season – the Icelandic horse – collect eggs – lay fish nets – seals and reindeer
Experience authentic Icelandic springtime. Take an active part in this magical season of rejuvenation with local farmers in East Iceland. Experience the lambing season, collect eggs, lay fish nets, experience local food, get to know the Icelandic horse and visit the seals at the black beaches at Héraðssandur. Enjoy local food and authentic accommodations in this peaceful valley.
Pick up at Egilsstaðir Airport. Right from the pickup we do easy hike up by beautiful canyons to Hengifoss Waterfall, with its interesting and visual geology. After the hike we make a short stop to view the exhibition at Vatnajökull National Park, visitors center. We arrive at the Wilderness Center to have lunch, check in an get familiar to our new home for the next days. After lunch we join the farmers at the sheep stable. It is lively there now since it is lambing season. Next we get a guided tour through the adventure exhibition, getting a taste of the history and adventures of the highlands. Dinner (local food) will be served in the cozy and authentic environment at the Wilderness Center. Spiced with local stories.
We start the day by getting spoiled with both Icelandic and International breakfast. Next we go fishing for trout with local farmers, laying nets and enjoying the nature. At lunch traditional lunch pack is served on open fire. We investigate Pink footed geese nests by the river, collect eggs and learning about these interesting birds and how they are connected with the highland life in the old days. Now it is time to chech the trout nets, and handle the fish. We arrive back at the Wilderness Center for dinner and those who like can check on the new born lambs in the stables.
After breakfast we go scouting for wild reindeers and get to know these animals and there history. Don´t forget your cameras! After lunch we visit traditional icelandic turf houses. Some of them are still used for sheep farming. In the afternoon guests can choose to ride icelandic horses or bike to the Cablebox. The cablebox was used in the old days to cross the glacier river. It has bin rebuild, so those who dare can try out this special transport. At the same spot we take a look into abandoned farm that holds many interest and fun stories. Now the group prepares with the local chief – dishes with Icelandic specialites. Follow by a food feast, local music and singing in the authentic common room area.
After delicious breakfast we pack our things and take a tour to Húsey. A unique place by the ocean, with black beaches, seals with there young ones. The birdlife is vibrant around the farm, especially at this season. After lunch we visit Borgarfjörður Eystri, a home to puffins, elves and lonely mountains. At 19:00 we have to be back at Egilsstaðir Airport for flight back to Reykjavík.
*This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
4.-7. of May, 8.-11. of May and 19.-22. of May
Egilsstaðir Airport or your hotel or guesthouse in Egilsstaðir about 8:30 am (morning flight). We return our guests to Egilsstaðir Airport in the evening of day 4.
Fully guided tour.
Authentic accommodation for 3 nights at the Wilderness Center.
Full board from lunch on day 1 to afternoon refreshments on day 4, with local food.
Flights between Reykjavík and Egilstaðir, before or after tour is not included.
Extra night at the Wilderness Center, before or after the tour.
Pick up (morning flight) and drop off (evening) at Egilsstadir Airport.
The best clothes in Iceland are layered clothing system. Warm t-shirts made of wool, or synthetics. Fleece or wool sweaters, combined with a light down jacket and a windbreaker work very well. Long johns, fleece pants and windproof pants. Sturdy hiking boots with good tread, rubber boots can also come in handy. A good took or hat that covers the ears and gloves are a good idea.